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A homicide suspect wanted in Minnesota was located in Forest, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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The Smith Mountain Bridge Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday at the Community Center, which is north of downtown Moneta at 4860 Rucker Road behind and below Moneta Pharmacy (formerly Benzer Pharmacy).

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Rebecca Imhof, a certified personal trainer and health coach with nearly 30 years of experience, has joined Body Shoppe Fitness + AllCore360°, a private personal training studio at Westlake Corner.

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Starting at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, with reruns at various times until Sunday, Jan. 15, the Outdoor Channel aired Fishing University’s episode featuring Mariners Landing and the picturesque Smith Mountain Lake and mountain views.

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A residential structure fire on the 15000 block of Smith Mountain Lake Parkway in Bedford County was contained to the chimney on Sunday night, thanks to the quick response and efforts of multiple local fire departments.

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It was a festive time on a recent Saturday at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. A total of 47 people dined in the president’s residence, joining the guest of honor as portrayed by Bill Barker. Revelers savored food and wine as favored by Jefferson in his time. Here, he offers a toast to all.

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In December, the Franklin County Amateur Radio Club presented a holiday gift donation of $600 to Stepping Stone Mission of Franklin County in Rocky Mount. The club made a donation of $300 from its annual dues, and individual members gave an additional $300. Stepping Stone Mission provides da…

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Gov. Glenn Youngkin recently announced more than $5 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grant awards for 10 projects focused on expanding talent pipelines and strengthening workforce development while accelerating economic growth and job creation efforts across the c…

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David Stewart Wiley, conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, recently performed at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. The “Home for the Holidays” concert has been an annual event presented by the Smith Mountain Arts Council, and this year, Wiley was joined by violinist Kevin Matheson …

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Each year, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office holds Operation Christmas Joy to provide assistance for families at Christmas.

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Being a barber involves much more than just cutting hair, as barbers have to provide a personable atmosphere for their clients. 

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SML Antique & Classic Boat Club is inviting those with any interest in antique boats to attend its Winter Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 14, and meet others that share that interest.

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There will be a reception Friday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Sara Braaten Gallery at Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford for Virginia photographer Meagan Skinner, who will talk about her work and this exhibit at 6 p.m.

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STEP Inc., in partnership with the West Piedmont Better Housing Coalition and Pittsylvania County Community Action, will offer rent and utility assistance to eligible Pittsylvania County residents beginning Jan. 12 while funds are available.

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The Smith Mountain American Association of University Women (SMAAUW) held a President’s Reception at Ramulose Ridge Vineyards on Monday, Dec. 5. SMAAUW thanked AAUW-VA Virginia State President Lane Stone for visiting and thanked the prior SMAAUW presidents for their service. From left are Ja…

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Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Christmas/Awards Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the SML Moose Lodge. Shown are the top three call runners and firefighter of the year. The fire department gave a special thanks to the SML Moose Lodge for its hospitality a…

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Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford hosted an opening reception Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., for Dawn Richerson’s exhibit, Blue Ridge Blessings: Epiphany & an Echoed Invitation in the Terrace Gallery.

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office congratulated recent graduates of the 2022 Fall Citizens Academy. Each of these individuals participated in a 12-week course that taught the ins and outs of how the sheriff’s office functions. “It is a perfect course for any resident who wants to know mor…

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Mayberry Hills Development in the Downtown Moneta area held a Christmas Light Decorating Contest in December with some well-done decorations in the community. Bedford County Sheriff Mike Miller and Moneta Fire Chief Jeremiah Calhoun served as judges for the contest. The grand prize winner wa…

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The Bedford County Department of Tourism announced Thursday that it partnered with the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mariners Landing to host the television show Fishing University, which airs on the Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network.

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High school juniors across Southside Electric Cooperative’s service area, which includes the Bedford County portion of Smith Mountain Lake, are encouraged to apply for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour as the trip heads back to the nation’s capital for a week next June.

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Bedford Humane Society, Goose Creek Art Studio and ElectricCo Art are working together to make a difference in the life of community animals and announced the first annual Happy Valen-Tails Fundraiser.

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The 9th Annual GAUNTLET Business Program and Competition, traditionally held in Vinton, is open for registration with early bird program fee savings through Jan. 9.

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Kroger at 80 Westlake Road in Franklin County was flooded Monday, Dec. 26. A fire department unit on scene advised that there was major water discharge from the sprinkler system. By 8:49 p.m., crews had secured water shutoff. Responding to the commercial fire alarm were Franklin County Publi…